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Lloyd Price Inducts & Accepts for Art RupeLloyd Price Inducts & Accepts for Art Rupe at the 2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Lloyd Price Inducts & Accepts for Art Rupe00:05:32
Hall of Fame Essay
As founder of Specialty Records, one of the premier independent labels of the rock & roll era, Art Rupe signed and recorded numerous vanguard artists in the areas of rhythm & blues, gospel, and rock & roll.
He was also an important figure in the postwar music industry, helming a label that helped bring a niche market (rhythm & blues) into the mainstream. Beyond that, Specialty played a role in igniting the rock & roll revolution by introducing the world to the incendiary music of Little Richard.
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